Shauna Ryan, a Transition year student in the Presentation Secondary School participated in the official St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Brussels, at the invitation of the Irish ambassador.
She stayed at the Irish College in Leuven. She danced at an event with 600 guests hosted by the Irish Embassy. On Sunday morning she danced at the St Patrick’s Day Mass for the Irish Community in St Anthony’s church just outside Brussels. In the afternoon she attended the social event organised by the Brussels GAA in the Parc Cinquentenaire and there she was interviewed by RTE reporter Paul Cunningham for the 6 o’clock news.
On Sunday evening Shauna attended the performance of “Irish Destiny”, a silent film with music composed by Irish composer Micheal O’Suilleabhain. Mr O’Suilleabhain has invited Shauna to visit his academy of music and dance at the University of Limerick. As well as this, Shauna performed in a Gala Concert organised by L’Association Femmes d’Europe featuring the Chieftains in Flagey during April.
More than 800 people attended the concert which was in celebration of the Irish Presidency of the European Union. These people included Mr. Rory Montgomery, permanent representative of Ireland to the EU, Mr.Eamonn Mac Aodha, Ambassador of Ireland to Belgium and Mrs. Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.
The guest of honour attending the concert was Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.